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Montessori Buzz – Oct. 15, 2019

Dear MA Families & Friends,

MA Parent Portal

Last week, we announced the launch of our MA Parent Portal!  Letters were sent home to all MA families with information about the system and instructions for logging in. A copy of the letter can be found here (PDF).

If you have not yet logged in to the MA Parent Portal, please log in soon to check out the available features! If you were unable to login or did not receive a letter with your unique username and login instructions, contact the Main Office at 519-433-9121 for assistance.

Early / Extended Hours Program – Occasional Use Invoices

This is a reminder that invoices for occasional use of the Early / Extended Hours program are sent home to participating families at the end of each month.  Invoices for September were sent home with students on October 4 and are due to be paid by October 18. Thank you!

Learn Your Level sessions in November

Casa – Learn Your Level takes place at 311 Oxford Street, and provides parents of all of our Casa and Toddler students to see the ‘big picture’ of the Montessori method in action! The classrooms will be set up to present all areas of the Casa curriculum, and teachers will be available to explain the three-year progression of the materials.

  • DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
  • TIME: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • LOCATION: 311 Oxford St.

Elementary & Junior High – Learn Your Level. Our classrooms will be set up to display mathematics materials, and teachers will be available to explain the progression of the work across the Elementary and Junior High levels.

  • DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
  • TIME: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • LOCATION: 711 Waterloo Street

Families from all levels are invited to this session to see where the Montessori math curriculum leads students. It’s a unique opportunity to learn more about Montessori’s approach to math. Please join us!

Please note: These Learn Your Level sessions are for parents only; no care will be provided for children.

Complete this online forms by Oct. 24, to let us know if you’ll join us!

If you have any questions about this event, please speak to your child’s teacher or contact Kristen Crouse, Academic Director, 519-433-9121 ext. 222 or

Budding Artists: coming soon!

Just in time for holiday shopping, you can see the work of your artistic genius on a mug, magnet, t-shirt – you name it!  Since September, our students have been hard at work creating wonderful and unique pieces in class for our Budding Artists fundraiser. Like previous years, you will receive an order form where you can select items that feature your child’s beautiful artwork!  What a fantastic keepsake of their Montessori journey!

Look for your forms on November 1 with a new option to order online!

For more information, contact Melissa Parker at

Halloween Boo-wling Event: Have you registered?

Our annual Halloween Boo-wling at Palasad South is just over a week away!  Spaces are filling quickly, register before this Friday, October 18.

Register today online at We had such a great time last year at this event.

  • Friday, October 25 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Palasad South – 141 Pine Valley Blvd.
    • Bowling + pizza – $20 per person
    • Laser tag add-on – $10 per person
    • Social + pizza (no games) – $10 per person

Open to all Montessori Academy families and friends!!  All proceeds go to fundraising efforts for our special projects.

Holiday Artisan Bazaar: Vendors wanted

After the success of our Artisan Bazaar this past June, we are happy to bring back the event just in time for the holidays! We are looking for more vendors to bring their homemade wares to this fundraising initiative.

  • Saturday, November 23
  • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Junior High building, 742 Waterloo Street

Table rentals are $40 each plus a small donation to the door prizes. Please contact Melissa Parker at for more info.

This event will also feature our own Junior High students selling their own creations, a media swap in the lower level as well as food from Rosie’s Streetery in the parking lot.

UPDATE: Two May 2020 date changes Year at a Glance

The dates of two of our events in May have changed. The school website’s online calendar has been updated to reflect these changes, however, you might want to update the printed Year At A Glance that you received in September as well. We’ll be sure to send reminders closer to the dates.

  • ARTexpo is changed to May 19 (from May 26)
  • The in- school track meet is now the May 4 (not May 8)

Casa 4 Acts of Kindness

In keeping with our 1000 Acts of Kindness theme, we are enjoying taking the principles of kindness and compassion out into our community through partnering with the Humane Society of London Middlesex to enrich the lives of animals that are less fortunate.  The humane society provides temporary shelter for surrendered, neglected and abused animals while trying to find forever homes with new families. Animals are deserving of respect and moral concern and as such we are trying to do our small part in making the world a better place for them.  The children really enjoyed a visit from Emily and her fur baby kitten “Marie”.

Waterloo Casa made apple crisp!

Practical life skills never tasted so good! Our students in our Waterloo Casa classroom spent time on Friday preparing the ingredients for a very yummy treat. They loaded up the mason jars and decorated them with a Thanksgiving theme to take home and enjoy. YUM!

Thanksgiving at Westmount

The students from Westmount Casa hope everyone had a chance to fill their tummies and visit with family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend. And maybe you were able to enjoy the cranberry sauce that we made for you to share with your loved ones! YUM!

Lower El’s 1000 Acts of Kindness

The pile is growing every day! Thank you so much to all the Lower Elementary students and families for these Week 1 donations to Merrymount Family and Crisis Centre! The donations will continue for the entire month of October! Merrymount is super-grateful for the incredible support – per their post pictured below: “Thank you so much Montessori Academy of London. This means so much to us, we are very grateful. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.”

Upper El visitor in Casa 3

We were blessed to have some Upper Elementary friends join us today in Casa 3. We loved listening to the stories they wrote and seeing the lovely illustrations.

Upper El baking

UE1 had been busy baking in the classroom! Twice a week students can sign up to bake using our class kitchen. They are encouraged to search for recipes with healthy ingredients. Kai and Boston tried out a new banana brownie recipe, while Sadie made her favourite birthday treat with her pal Sophie! Happy birthday Sadie!

Montessori in the community

Of the many musicians among us…

Tessa successfully auditioned to perform as a soloist with the London Community Orchestra in its December 15 concert. This is an extremely competitive event and she is one of a few (if not the only) elementary aged student to perform with the LCO in its Young Artists concerts.

She notes that she is a student at the Montessori Academy of London in the bio that will appear in the program. We are very proud of the diverse talent found among our students! Congrats, Tessa!

For more details on the LCO December 15, 2019 concert line-up:

Our students stand out for all the right reasons!

A note from a new MA Year 2 mom: “You can add Kustermans Berry Farm to the local organizations that just love when MA comes for a visit! Charley and I went on the PD day and when I mentioned that Charley was returning after having enjoyed her field trip so much with MA the previous week, the woman’s eyes grew wide and she said ‘Oh, that was a great day. The Montessori group is always such a pleasure. I’m always amazed. So polite, so well behaved…’ It’s exactly that kind of environment and group dynamic that keeps us choosing Montessori. :-)”

Eat with the Beet!

Last week, our Toddler, Casa and Elementary families had the opportunity to Eat with the Beet! at the beautiful Growing Chefs! Ontario headquarters on King St. Parents and their children sampled the tasty and nutritious meals that the students enjoy as part of their lunch program. It was a great chance to not only showcase the incredible menu items The Beet Cafe prepares for our students, but to talk to the food experts about ways to encourage healthy eating at home. Thank you to all the MA families who attended!

From the community

Open House at an MA family’s new business! Riverbend Dental Care


Please join us for The Riverbend Dental Care Grand Opening! There will be food and drinks, face painting, and crafts for the kids.

It’s sure to be fun for the entire family! Please pop in and say hello, have some fun, and meet our staff!

  • 1:00PM – 4:00PM
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